Just arrived back from running the Dublin Marathon and while the race was fine, the organisation certainly was not. This event falls short of the professionalism of the London Marathon.
For a start, I found collecting up my race number at the RDS centre to be a chaotic experience. Once I had picked up my number and programme from the registration desk, I wandered down to the exhibition. Many other people were walking around with black and white race bags. I asked one guy where he got his bag from and he said from the registration point. I hurried back upstairs to be told I should have continued walking around the balcony, down to a bag collection point hidden around the back. But no one told me at the time. So on to the race day, where our race bags were left out in the open at the bag drop (good job it didn't rain) and then an almighty crush trying to get to the start. Quite why thousands of runners were being forced through a tiny gap in the barriers, god only knows. Then with minutes to spare, I have to hop over another barrier into the start pen. Why were there not a series of race pens depending on your predicted finish time, like at London? And at the finish, what happened to the repatriation points A, B and C which were marked in the programme? They were not marked at the finish and groups of people seemed to be wandering around not knowing where to meet their friends. Glad to get that off my chest. Did anyone else have a similar experiences?